The Walking Dead Spin-off (AMC)
Cliff Curtis (Gang Related, Missing) has been cast as the male lead in the pilot for The Walking Dead companion series…The untitled Walking Dead spinoff, code name Cobalt, takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on The Walking Dead but in a different location. It revolves around a divorced teacher (Curtis), a good man who tries to do right by everyone in his life, and a female guidance counselor.
Bradley James has landed the title role in Damien, Lifetime’s straight-to-series drama follow-up to 20th Century Fox’s classic horror film The Omen. In his TV directing debut, Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) will helm…the six-episode Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (James), the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.
The Magicians (Syfy)
Jason Ralph (Aquarius) and Sosie Bacon (The Closer) have landed the male and female leads in Syfy pilot The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s bestselling fantasy book trilogy…Ralph will play Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant, withdrawn yet strangely compelling young man who has always been a huge fan of a series of books set in the magical land of Fillory. When he’s recruited as a new student at the mysterious Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, he realizes that magic is very real, and that he himself is a potentially gifted practitioner. Ralph…serves as the co-artistic and producing director of his theater company, Strangemen & Co, and starred in the Off-Broadway run of Peter And The Starcatcher.
Bacon….plays Alice. Born of a magical but neglectful family, Alice is an outcast among her fellow students at Brakebills, but nonetheless emerges as the most brilliant magical practitioner in her class.
Bates Motel (A&E)
Joshua Leonard has joined the Season 3 cast of A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel. He’ll play James Finnigan, a handsome community college psych professor whose pull toward Norma (Vera Farmiga) slowly chips away as his carefully constructed house of cards.
The Following (Fox)
Gbenga Akinnagbe has booked a role on The Following. In Season 3 of the Fox thriller, he’ll play Tom, a handsome and charming Hostage Rescue Team agent for the FBI.
Mr. Robinson (NBC)
Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) is set to co-star opposite Craig Robinson in Robinson’s upcoming NBC comedy series. Mr. Robinson, from Universal TV, centers on Craig (Robinson), who leads a double life — at night he jams in a rock band called Nasty Delicious that has been unsuccessfully trying to break out for a decade; by day, he has a gig that pays the bills working as a substitute music teacher with the Chicago School District.
Jackson will play Craig’s younger brother Ben, the guitarist for Nasty Delicious. He’s a care-free optimist who is convinced that their big break is just around the corner. Lenora Chrichlow, Spencer Grammer, Jean Smart, Ben Koldyke and Amandla Stenberg also co-star in the midseason series
Codes of Conduct (HBO)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, The Wings of the Dove) will co-star as Esther Kaufmann, a woman born into a prominent Jewish family in Manhattan who is an author and psychiatrist. The divorced mother of two grown boys, she is now living life on her own terms — terms that change dramatically though after she crosses paths with the enigmatic Snow. Should Codes of Conduct move to series, it would mark Bonham Carter’s first series regular role.
Rebecca Hall (Parade’s End, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town)is set as Rebecca Rotmensen, the eldest child of a New York billionaire. The smart, educated Rebecca will emerge as Beverly’s foremost rival, his equal in guile and ruthlessness.
The duo join a cast that also includes Paul Dano as Jared, a hip yet altruistic entrepreneur who brings Snow into his fold.
Jeffrey Donovan is packing his bags for “Fargo,” and Nick Offerman could be joining him.
Donovan is nearing a deal to join the second season of FX’s anthology series “Fargo,” while…Offerman has an offer to join the cast, though he’s not currently in negotiations, multiple individuals with knowledge of the castings told…on Wednesday.
Donovan…has been cast in the role of Dodd.
The second season of the adaptation of the Coen Brothers’ iconic film will also feature Rachel Keller, who will play the role of Simone in the Noah Hawley-created series.
Should Offerman join the cast, he would play the role of Carl.
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